I’d love to know your opinions on what makes a good clubnight?
What was your favourite club? clubnight? DJ?
What makes your night special or memorable?
I would really appreciate all your comments. Thank You x
Last week I was contacted by a gentleman named Steve. He runs a club called Suburbia in Hale Village and has a DJ Agency. He became a Facebook friend a few weeks ago due to mutual DJ/Venue/Promotor friends and he liked the music I was posting when promoting Daft Funk.
In his message he told me a little about himself and was wondering if i’d be interested in chatting about a possible residency at the club, he was also wanted to talk about maybe booking me for gigs in town (Manchester) and maybe a Daft Funk bank holiday special.
Of course I was very interested, we decided to meet the following week.
I was very excited about the possibilities and where this could lead but Suburbia was pretty far away and I was hoping that Steve thought I was worth a try.
Most of the ground work has been done for the next night. I cant really court any press cos the second night isn’t really news. So I’m going to have to rely on word of mouth. Skiddle, Resident Advisor, Facebook, Twitter and the usual listings (which I still need to do). The posters and flyers, now a generic ‘first Saturday of the month’ are at the printers.
Ive given my facebook and twitter friends a week to 10 days without having DAFT FUNK thrust in their faces. But have started with some basic event sharing and blog promotion in the last few days. So far I’ve only had 8 people confirm in my events listing.
One thing I’ve realised recently is that some people have been put off by their perception of Jabez Clegg. One person read on a website that it’s a skanky wear your wellies venue so that is an opinion i’m going to have attempt to change. Jabez may not be a high class cocktail bar and its in the heart of student city. But it certainly isn’t skanky!!
Jabez hold a monthly night called ‘The Bop’ there which sells out every time, but its a student night. where hundreds of students congregate to get very messy and consequently the floors get very messy too!
What i like about Jabez as a venue for my night is that its location means cheap in the club and cheap drinks. It means that if you want to glam up and wear your heels you can and if you want to wear your trainers and jeans you can. Its about the music and dancing and having fun.
After putting my daughter to bed I carry on getting ready.
Ive booked the taxi for 8.45. I wanted to be at Jabez for just after 9 so that I can be well prepared in case there’s any technical problems or other issues. I want to make sure the sound is ok and test a few of the re-edits.
My very good and very supportive friends Emma and Susan come round for about 8 to share the taxi, i’m very happy to have them with me. You always feel stronger with friends by your side.
When they arrive they are covered in snow. Emma even has hiking boots on (with her shorts!!) they have gone to massive efforts to be here for me. Emma picked up Susan from her house in Wigan earlier that day. They then walked to get a taxi, which dropped them at Saddleworth train station, they got off the train in Ashton and went for another taxi to my house and walked from the end of my street and turned up looking very cold and snow covered. God love em!
We set off (very slowly) in the taxi just before 9pm calling at the cash machine on the way. I was pretty nervous by this point and knew i’d be very lucky to get any people down in this atrocious weather. It had stopped snowing by this point but Manchester was completely covered and there wasn’t a soul on the streets.
We arrived at Jabez and Andy took us upstairs to set up. I had paid for the taxi there as the girls had gone to so much trouble but asked them to pay on the door when we opened to help make the numbers up. I was wondering if the people who had pre-paid for their tickets on Skiddle would turn up.
Two more of my friends, Gareth and his fiance Lindsey had made the journey up from the south and turned up about 10.00 (we opened at 11)
I had done my soundcheck and set my records up in about 10 minutes! it was simple and smooth and there were no problems. The set up in the big room is ace. There is a stage and the turn tables (technics) and the CDJ’s (Pioneers) and the mixer (Allen and Heath) were suspended from the ceiling. I played out a couple of my re-edits and went and sat with my friends having a laugh and a drink.
At 11pm Andy gave me the nod that we were opening. I’m always unsure of what to play early in the night, even in a bar. I know it sounds daft but you don’t want to waste perfectly good tracks if no-one is there to hear them and I never ever play a song twice in one night. However, I had taken the unusual step of writing the first hour down as a set list. I have done this before but dont really follow it. I use it more as a guideline in case I get a moments block or to make sure I don’t forget to play a gem that I think is important to the night.
The first hour went by and I got more and more disappointed. Two people, a couple who paused for a couple of minutes as they walked in to an empty room before going to the bar, had arrived and I had my four friends. So up to 12pm I had a crowd of exactly 6 people!
At midnight, out of the blue a group of students piled in to the room and went straight on to the dancefloor, dancing like they were taking the mickey! i wasn’t really sure how to take them, but they were punters and they were dancing on my dancefloor! Shortly after that, Laura, a DJ that I have only ever talked to on Facebook (but who has already been earmarked by myself as the next person to DJ daft Funk if it takes off) arrived with her friend.
Then Hazel (my very good friend from work) and her ‘date’ arrived. So this was my crowd. A small but perfectly appreciative and energetic group of people who were loving the music.
No one else came in that night, which I believe was entirely down to the weather. But the atmosphere was great and the punters and I had a lot of fun. After the students left, the rest of us spent the rest of the night dancing and having a laugh. I wrapped up with a bit of Fresh Prince, said thanks the the remaining people, gave out cd’s (even the bar staff and security asked for them!) and Emma, Susan and I went for Chinese food.
Then home to bed.
I was sat in the hairdresses at Toni and Guy with the lovely Paul. He was telling me how his Welsh mother, traveling down to see her new granddaughter had predicted a 400% chance of snow, when it started snowing. just a little, light airy, un-threatening snow.
I stared out of the window at it, hoping it would take the hint and ‘go away’. It didn’t.
As I left, with an umbrella that Paul had lent to me. I convinced myself that it wouldn’t stick and that I should totally go and treat myself to the only item of clothing that I had seen that I even remotely liked, which was a strapless G Star raw jumsuit.
I then went home to prepare for the evening. I went to pick up my daughter from her grandparents but by the time I got there the snow was sticking and her Grandad had to help me bring them pushchair back home.
I was now feeling nervous. After months of hard work and preparation. Would anybody come?
I started to get the inevitible ‘sorry I cant make it’ messages. More and more people were unable to come. But a few who couldn’t come previously now could make it. I wasn’t really nervous by this point but I was a little stressed! especially when people were saying they couldn’t come. I checked Skiddle again and we were on over 15,000 hits. Daft Funk had remained in the top 3 most viewed events for nearly 3 weeks now and I thought, if even 1% of those people come then I’ll be happy. Plus, I had my friends, workmates and even two small groups traveling from the south. I was pretty sure i’d be ok.
My records were prepared, I had bought new stylus and had been re-editing tunes for weeks with the help of my pro-tools expert other half. I had even done a new mix, complete with cover to give away to the clubbers as a little extra promotional tool and thank you. I just didn’t know what to wear!!
I had a hair appointment the next day (Saturday 4th-launch party day) and thought i’d have one last look for something.
So I posted the links to the article on Facebook and Twitter and tried to have a relaxing night.
Facebook has been a fantastic tool during this whole process. Mainly because ever since posting the event I have been posting various tunes that I would more than likely play at the launch party. Seeing it as kind of a sample set to get people interested and it worked!
One thing I wanted to get across was the mix of music that I would be playing so I would often post in 3’s. for example.
One funk, one hip hop and one house track.
I thought very hard about the music I posted in the week before. I wanted to represent all genre’s I would play and try to reach all ages with something for the ladies and something for the men too.
It also got the attention of another club owner and agent who has been in touch, and i;m going for a meeting with him this week.
watch this space……